Bony breaks Algeria hearts

Two goals from Wilfried Bony and one from Gervinho saw Ivory Coast defeat Algeria 3-1 in their Africa Nations Cup quarterfinal at Estadio de Malabo on Sunday night.

The result takes the Ivorians into a semifinal against DR Congo.

Ivory-Coasts-Wilfried-Bon-008It was both players’ first goals in the tournament while Gervinho was making his return since receiving the red card against Guinea in their Group D opening tie.

In the 19th minute, the Algerians got a free kick from the left flank and Ivory Coast couldn’t deal with the ball. It landed in the path of Yacine Brahimi who shot wide.

In what could have been a turning point for the Ivorians, an unmarked Serge Aurier nearly put his side ahead when his header hit the woodwork from Max Gradel’s pass. Rais Mbolhi was beaten but Bony couldn’t bury the rebound.

But on 26 minutes Bony made a clever run and got his head onto a delightful cross from Gradel to power home the opener.

Algeria had their last chance to level maters when Faouzi Ghoulam’s attempt in the 45th minute went off target. But it took the Algerians only five minutes into the second half to find an equaliser when El Arabi Soudani met a cross from the left and coolly finished.

But the Ivorians went ahead once more when Yaya Toure delvered a telling near post free kick to find Bony‘s head and he steered the ball home to complete his brace.

In the 86th minute, Ghoulam’ free kick was well saved by Gbohouo and it was evident that Herve Renard’s side had done enough to reach the semifinals. With four minutes remaining, Gervinho finished with a low shot to make it 3-1 against the run of play.